American League Game Summary - New York at Tampa Bay|
(Sunday, May 26th)
Final Score: Tampa Bay 8, New York 3
St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - Alex Cobb handcuffed the New York
Yankees on Sunday, helping the Tampa Bay Rays avoid a three-game series sweep
with an 8-3 win at Tropicana Field.
Cobb (6-2) kept New York off the board for eight innings, but Brett Gardner
spoiled the right-hander's shutout bid with a leadoff home run to right field
in the ninth.
Robinson Cano then ripped a single to center for the fifth hit off Cobb, who
was removed after striking out Vernon Wells. The frame got interesting when
Cesar Ramos threw eight straight balls to load the bases before David Adams
plated a pair with a double to left.
The rally was shut down by Joel Peralta, however, as the righty fanned Ichiro
Suzuki and Jayson Nix to end the game.
Cobb stymied the Yankees in another outing earlier this season, allowing three
hits over 8 1/3 scoreless innings on April 24.
James Loney and Sean Rodriguez clubbed two-run homers off New York starter CC
Sabathia. Yunel Escobar went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI for Tampa
Bay, which snapped a three-game losing streak and a four-game slide at home.
Sabathia (4-4), winless in his last five starts, was tagged for a season-high
seven runs on seven hits over seven frames.
The Rays loaded the bases in the second without placing a ball out of the
infield. Rodriguez was hit by a pitch, while Escobar and Loney each reached on
a fielder's choice. Jose Lobaton blooped a single to center to put Tampa Bay
on the board and Sam Fuld lofted a sacrifice fly to make it 2-0.
Rodriguez took Sabathia deep with two outs in the third, sending a liner just
inside the left-field foul pole. Escobar doubled home a run in the sixth and
scored on Loney's blast to right-center for a 7-0 game.
David Huff, making his Yankees debut after being claimed off waivers from
Cleveland on Saturday, gave up an RBI double to Desmond Jennings in the
Cobb recorded eight strikeouts and didn't walk a batter ... New York hasn't
swept a three-game set at Tropicana Field since Sept. 13-15, 2005 ... The
Yankees designated outfielder Ben Francisco for assignment to make room for
05/26 17:23:18 ET